Harvard College is a close-knit undergraduate community within Harvard University. With world-class faculty, groundbreaking research opportunities, and a commitment to a diverse environment of bright, talented students, Harvard is more than just a place to get an education—it's where students come to be transformed. Our unparalleled student experience educates the next generation of citizens and citizen leaders. In addition, Harvard has one of the most generous need-based financial aid programs in the world, ensuring that the cost will never stand in the way of a Harvard education.

Academic Programs

  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Government/Political Science
  • Humanities
  • Liberal Arts
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Research
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Technology
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Veteran Fee Waiver

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


There is no single academic path we expect all students to follow, but the strongest applicants take the most rigorous secondary school curricula available to them. An ideal four-year preparatory program includes four years of English, with extensive practice in writing; four years of math (see website for specific math guidance); four years of science: biology, chemistry, physics, and an advanced course in one of these subjects; three years of history, including American and European history; and four years of one foreign language. Apply as a first-year student if you have completed less than a full year of college course work.


Each year, we accept a small group (12 on average) of exceptional students to transfer to Harvard College from other similar liberal arts programs. Admitted students come from a range of educational institutions - community colleges, public and private universities in the U.S., and international universities. To be eligible to transfer, you must have completed at least one continuous academic year in a full-time, in-person degree program at one college and not more than two academic years. You must complete at least two full years of study at Harvard. Once a student has completed more than two years total of college at another institution, regardless of courses taken, that student is no longer eligible for transfer admission.

Additional Information

We make a promise to every admitted student - your financial circumstances will not keep you from Harvard. Our ground-breaking financial aid program, our commitment to economic diversity, and a wide range of University resources ensures that nothing stands in the way of your Harvard education.

Once you are admitted to Harvard, we work closely with your family, and we are committed to meeting 100 percent of your family's demonstrated need for all four years. In fact, twenty percent of students pay nothing to attend, and more than half receive need-based scholarships. See how affordable Harvard can be with our Net Price Calculator.

Learn more about our revolutionary financial aid program on our website at college.harvard.edu/financial-aid.

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Harvard is the oldest college in the country, steeped in long-standing traditions and campus pride. Our community's spirit and exuberance are alive in every corner of the campus, and we can't wait to show you what makes Harvard a school like no other. We encourage prospective students to learn more about Harvard College - you can register for a campus visit, take a virtual tour, and learn more through student stories.

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86 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138, United States of America

Phone number

(617) 495-1551


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